Welcome to the Ian Heydon website.
After two decades of scribbling jokes and other stuff for radio and television in Australia, picking up a few awards and a reasonable living along the way, Ian relocated to Vanuatu in 2000 when his wife, Annie, was offered a job teaching at Port Vila International School.
What was meant to be a year turned into three – a rewarding challenge for Annie, an adventure for the children, James and Laura, and the opportunity for Ian to write some backburner stuff that looked like it would never be written.
He also continued to write about travel and, during that time in the tropics, he returned to Australia to rediscover the country through the eyes of a tourist. That journey resulted in the travel book, The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore, 2003). In 2003 Ian also set up Small Guide Travel, a licensed travel agency specialising in arranging holidays, honeymoons and weddings in the South Pacific. In tandem he kept dabbling in writing comedy and, in 2016, returned to pretty much full-time scribbling and part-time consulting to the travel company, South Pacific Weddings/Tropical Holiday Deals.
There are a number of projects in the pipeline including stuff for print, radio and television. On the print front Ian co-wrote Dave Prior’s memoir, A Man Walks Into A Bar (published February 2019). He then wrote a couple of novels, The King of Clubs and Mr Merriman is Missing. The latter is pretty topical, being set in Europe post COVID-19. The current project is another novel, The Happiest Widow in the Village – amazing how much time you can find when self-isolating!
Oh, and there was that pesky Multiple Sclerosis thing. It was diagnosed in 2010 and that was part of the motivation to return to creative writing. It has also led to a potential television comedy for children called Ruby’s Tuesday that has someone with MS as one of the lead characters.